SKIN-TIGHT catsuits, wild antics, lots of hair and good old-fashioned rock and roll fun - The Darkness are back. Reporter Andrew Trendell talks to bassist Frankie Poullain.
“TIME is a strange thing,” says a reflective Frankie Poullain looking back over the years since The Darkness first shot to success in 2003.
Quickly becoming arena-filling rock gods with anthems like I Believe In A Thing Called Love and Love Is Only A Feeling and cleaning up at the Brit Awards, the band then went through a less-than acrimonious split after their second album.
But now, they’re back - older, wiser, but certainly no less insane.
“We feel like it’s been the perfect gap in terms of all of us recharging our batteries and exorcising all of the sourness – which is mainly caused by the people around you,” says Frankie.
“The industry gets hold of you and turns you against each other and tries to exploit you. We learned a lot from it.”
He continues: “We also have ourselves to blame – we basically partied too hard. But now we’re all feeling great and we’ve never gotten on so well with each other.”
So is it business as usual for rock’s last eccentrics?
“Oh definitely,” says Frankie. “Our new stuff definitely has the same grandeur to it. That’s the test – if it’s too sensible and doesn’t have the right impact then we drop it, and Justin certainly hasn’t lost any of his flamboyance and he still dresses up and enjoys himself.”
Frankie adds: “We’re here to pick up the mantle and do it differently to everyone else. There isn’t a better band than us to take on the challenge of competing with pop.”
So can some flambouyance and theatrics on their upcoming tour?
“Oh big time,” laughs Frankie. “We’ve always believed in that.”
“We acted like our first club and theatre gigs were big arena shows and we’ve always tried to make it as entertaining as possible. We’re going to take a lot of musical risks as well and do some stuff we’ve never done before.”
The Darkness play Rock City in Nottingham on Tuesday 22nd November.
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